Red wine and dark chocolate are my two vices, the two things that i crave after a busy day, helping me to rewind and relax. A glass of fruity red wine and a square (or 5) of dark chocolate are the perfect after dinner treat whilst curled up with a book and a blanket. On their own? Delicious. Together? Even better. Baked together in cake form with sugar, butter, vanilla and other wonderful things and served with mascarpone-honey-whipped cream? Perfection.
Do yourself a favour and make this cake/loaf (It is in the shape of a loaf, however tastes very cake-like), it is dangerously addictive. Rich and chocolatey on it's own, with just a hint of the fruity red wine, and served with mascarpone whipped cream, sweetened just a little with honey, this is the perfect treat. The flavours of this cake will develop over night, making it even better on day 2!
Cake 115g butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup red wine (I used shiraz)
1/4 cup plain greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornflour
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used dutch-processed)
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
Mascarpone cream 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup thickened cream
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat the oven to 165 degrees celsius.
Grease and line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
In a stand mixer on med-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy, about 5 minutes.
creamed butter and sugar
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Reduce the speed to low-medium. Add the wine and yoghurt, beat until combined.
at this stage it tastes very strongly of alcohol, this will bake off!
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornflour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
Whilst still beating, slowly add the flour mixture to the wine mixture, beating until just combined (do not over mix).
Scrape batter into loaf pan, and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
ready to go in the oven
Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling wire to cool completely before slicing (if you can wait that long!).
Honey Mascarpone Cream
Combine ingredients in a bowl. With an electric whisk, whisk until soft peaks form. Serve with cooled cake.